Buttercrane gets fired up for Olympic Torch arrival

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Community, Sport

Pictured getting in a spin ahead of the Buttercrane event and the Newry Olympic festivities is local model Niamh Cunningham.

The eyes of the world will be on Newry on 5th June as the Official London 2012 Torch Relay arrives in Newry – and Buttercrane Centre is getting fired up to celebrate this historic event. On Saturday 2nd June, ahead of the big occasion, Buttercrane Centre will host a series of special fun sporting activities for all the family and will issue 5000 free celebration flags to shoppers. There will also be a feast of fast-moving fun and entertainment including children’s Sumo, Gladiator duels, Penalty Shoot-outs, basketball exhibitions by the Newry Fliers and the much-anticipated Yummy Mummy Dash with small prizes to be won. Enjoy free games and entertainment galore in the specially decorated Buttercrane mall including Giant Connect 4 and Giant Jenga as well as an exciting musical backdrop to get shoppers in a celebratory mood. Experience rousing, African drumming from St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen and catch the mood of the moment with the bright, stirring tones of the Camlough Brass and Reed Band.

Pictured sizing up the friendly competition for the Buttercrane Yummy Mummy dash are local models Niamh Cunningham and Julia Sokele.

Speaking to Newry Times, Peter Murray, Buttercrane Centre Manager said: “The Olympic flame will certainly shine a light on Newry – it will be a truly momentous occasion for our area and I encourage everyone to come out to welcome the relay and experience the festivities. Buttercrane is hoping to get shoppers in the Olympic mood ahead of the relay by hosting some special and quirky sporting activities in the centre on Saturday 2nd.

Pictured looking forward to an extra Sunday treat at Buttercrane is local girl Julia Sokele who plans to pack in an extra hour’s shoe shopping, starting at noon!

“It’s a good opportunity for those of us who aren’t making our way to compete professionally in London to show what a good sport we can be. It’ll be a fun, competitive atmosphere to get us all in the spirit of the games and of course don’t forget to collect your free hand-waving flag to take home as well.” Buttercrane Centre is also is offering free parking on Tuesday 5th June to anyone attending the Esler Park concert and wishing to park conveniently in the city centre. The car park will remain open until 8.00pm.
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